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President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed Nigerian student, Noel Ifeanyi Alumona, who won the 2022 AFS Award for Young Global Citizens, and became the first African to win the prize since its inception in 1914.
The award was presented to the Nigerian student during the International Youth Day organised by the United Nations Global Communications Department, the AFS Intercultural Programmes and The Youth Assembly at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York.
While speaking in Abuja on Monday August 22, 2022, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said President Buhari noted the responsiveness, kindness and sacrificial spirit of the Nigerian student, who is studying Special Education at the Vanderbilt University in the United States (U.S.A) and has already established foundations to cater for the needs of physically challenged, vulnerable and the less privileged.
He extolled Alumona for his outstanding character and dedication to helping others, particularly for attracting global spotlight to Nigeria, in recognition of his vigorous campaign to end violence against women and girls through proper orientation of boys on responsible behaviours.
The president also affirmed that the student, who is an Obama Foundation Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace Fellow, and United Nations Youth Assembly Delegate, is on the right side of history, channelling his energy to encouraging and supporting others, and creating a framework for charity.
President Buhari prayed that the Almighty God will continue to lead, guide and grant Alumona wisdom to serve his country and humanity.
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Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.
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